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How Did I Miss This?

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Today a dear friend lost someone they love to a prescription drug overdose.  Such a sad thing.  As I shared the news with Billy, he looked confused.

“What’s Oxycodone?” he questioned.

“It’s an addictive prescription drug.  A pain medicine.”

“I don’t understand,” he said.  “That kills you?”

I don’t understand.

WHAT? How did I miss this?

I’ve talked to my kids about pot, booze, meth and coke.  We’ve covered smoking, chewing (still working on that one), and drinking to excess.  We had a detailed discussion about ‘huffing’ two years ago when a friend’s teenager passed from experimenting.  I remember telling my kids about it and getting the same response.

“What’s huffing?” they’d asked.

I was horrified…and yet relieved…that they didn’t know what it was.  Thrilled that they’d not tried it…disappointed in myself that I’d not thought to warn them before they risked their lives experimenting.

And so I explained Oxy to Billy.  I told him about how easy it is to just take one.  And then maybe one day you think you’ll have two today because one just isn’t cutting it anymore.

“Why don’t people realize they are doing something harmful,” he asked.  “Why don’t they just stop?”

And I remembered another time when a smaller version of this boy asked a similar question…why didn’t they just stop?  Why didn’t my parents just be parents?


I hope he understands …and yet…

I also hope he never understands.

9 Responses to "How Did I Miss This?"
  1. Shirley says:

    I “liked” this, but the like button is not highlighted, and nothing happens. The sad thing about Oxy is that kids can get it right out of their parents’ medicine cabinet. The opiates sneak up on you, and folks taking them with an RX get addicted before they even know it. They actually change the brain’s opiate receptors and make them think they need more. The main problem is why do kids think they need to get a “high” feeling? Find something to do in life that satisfies and gives pleasure in a normal way. Fill those pleasure pathways in the brain with good things that they enjoy, not destructive things.

  2. Kim Turner says:

    How did I not know about THIS??!!

    What will people smoke, snort, or inject next? How can we possibly keep up on all of it to keep our kids safe? sheesh!

  3. John Steinbeck says:

    Most drugs are not ‘addictive’. Oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc. are all legitimate drugs. People that abuse them and become addicted are usually what is termed ‘addictive personalities’. Ever seen an AA meeting? Coffee gulped by the gallons and cig smoke so thick you can cut it. Both ‘legitimate’ addictions. One as bad for you as any drug. I’ve taken both oxy and lortabs at different times for pain. Never felt the need for more than I was prescribed, or more than the prescribed dosage, and all I got from it was pain relief and sleep. Pain finally subsided to the point I could handle it with out the pills. I hope none of your kids ever have any reason to learn any more about drugs than what you teach them, but you can also tell them that drug abuse is more the person, than the drug. Without these painkillers (and other drugs) there are lots of folks whose quality of life would be greatly diminished. It’s also a doctor’s responsibility to monitor their patients for potential addiction issues. Think of these drugs as like deer hunting in your area – do everything right and you’ll have a successful result. Do things wrong and not only will you not kill a deer, a bear can eat you…….

  4. kathylhiatt says:

    Thanks Keri, it’s unbelievable how many people don’t realize the dangers of prescription overdose unless they have had to deal with it.  Families that have had to deal with it, usually were also in the dark before they had to deal with it.  I really appreciate you bringing so many of today’s issues to the forefront, not just for your kids, but for all your followers.    

  5. Dottie McConnel says:

    Bless his heart. I pray he never truly learns what addiction is.  Hugs to you both.

  6. Nan Hartup says:

    No kidding.  Nothing’s worse than understanding addiction. Even if you didn’t cause it, you can’t control it and you can’t cure it.

  7. Eleni Drinks Tea says:

    Good boy!  You’re obviously doing a good job 🙂

  8. Meahirst says:

    The world is a mine field and at times the navigation system fails… and people get lost in the worst possible way. Such a sad loss and a preventable one. I agree with Billy…. Medicine that can kill you………… ?

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